Beer festivals are just fabulous events. So far in my experience they are not rowdy, raucous melees. Boulder City’s 2nd annual festival had good weather (aside from some wind, but if you’re from Kingman it was normal) in a good location.
The wife and I enjoyed the casual afternoon wandering from tent to tent. There were some great offerings. We started at Firestone Walker and had a decent pale ale. Then we wandered to Oskar Blues, enjoyed some Old Chub, and then hit the nest tent, a new Vegas local. Banger Brewing had about half a dozen offerings. I tried their jalapeño hefeweizen. It was nicely done if mild.
College Street Brewhouse was nearby. They’re from Lake Havasu, which is close to home. I tried the Sweet Devil nitro stout and it was outstanding. My wife tried their Brother Dewey’s Date Night, made with real dates. They also talked my wife into trying their flagship brew, Big Blue Van. Good call, College Street. She loved it. And I love it when she loves a beer.
We also hit the Indian Wells tent, Stone’s, Gordon Biersch, and several others. I think my favorite of the day was College Street, though. Well, maybe not ….
Kingman’s own Black Bridge Brewery was pouring at festival. And while I sample their brews regularly, I found myself visiting their tent a few times anyway. They were pouring Evil Red, Wicked Poison and Scorched Earth, which is a superbly done pepper beer. It’s hot without being uncomfortable and the beer still shines through.
I hope there will be a third annual beer Fest in Boulder City. Until then, I look to Flagstaff and the Made In The Shade festival